Warriors’ Shaun Livingston out vs. Phoenix

first_imgOAKLAND — Warriors reserve guard/forward Shaun Livingston will miss his second consecutive game when the Warriors (2-0) host the Phoenix Suns (1-1) on Monday at Oracle Arena because of a left knee contusion. Livingston also stayed sidelined during Sunday’s loss in Denver.Warriors coach Steve Kerr offered that Livingston’s absence may provide increased playing time for fourth-year guard Quinn Cook, training camp … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

Challenger 1000 Series debut at Farm Progress Show

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Challenger, a global brand of AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), introduced an entirely new category of tractors to North American agribusiness operations during the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. The Challenger 1000 Series tractors, the largest fixed-frame tractors in the world, are the agricultural industry’s next ‘must-see’ innovation. Designed to deliver lower cost of ownership and improved productivity per acre, the Challenger 1000 Series tractors can be the single solution for both heavy draft and row crop work.The Challenger 1000 Series tractors combine the power of a small-frame, articulated 4-wheel drive with the flexibility and speed of a lighter-weight, fixed-frame row crop machine. They are offered in four models ranging from 396 to 517 engine horsepower with a weight range of 31,204 lbs. (14,153 kg) to 50,706 lbs. (23,000 kg).“Agriculture in North America is undergoing yet another evolution as operations become even larger and require more efficiency and productivity from their overhead investments,” says Josh Keeney, tactical marketing manager at AGCO. “The Challenger 1000 Series tractors are a solution to this challenge, allowing producers to invest in a machine that can serve multiple needs in their operation, helping them be more profitable. We believe this approach just makes sense – we call it intelligent farming.”AccuEngineering™ delivers intelligent farming  The Challenger 1000 Series tractors are built upon the new AccuEngineering platform. This is Challenger’s approach to developing smarter, more intuitive products that increase a farm’s productivity and reduce input costs.“For years, Challenger tractors have been known for their toughness and durability. But as agriculture changes, so do the needs of our customers,” Keeney explains. “From the controls in the cab, to the new AccuDrive powertrain, to the AccuTerminal, AccuEngineering maintains Challenger’s trademark toughness while bringing a new standard of performance and productivity to agriculture.”Innovative AccuDrive™ powertrain expands modern farming possibilities In the quest to provide a single solution for different applications on the farm, AGCO engineers combined a number of innovations. They began by powering the tractors with high-capacity six-cylinder, 12.4-liter, MAN engines with VTG turbochargers which adjust to optimize airflow for optimum power boost over a wider rpm range. The result delivers an impressive 1,770 ft. lbs. of torque at a lower engine speed of 1,100 rpm. This ‘high torque, low speed’ approach allows the Challenger 1000 Series tractors to run in the maximum torque range while delivering low fuel consumption, making them ideal for heavy draft work and ensuring maximum performance, 365 days a year.To give the tractors their nimble flexibility, engineers created the AccuDrive powertrain which combines the Challenger Accu-VT continuously variable transmission with variable four-wheel drive.“The key to this solution is a drivetrain that drives both axles independently. Unlike today’s conventional four-wheel drive tractors that use a fixed torque ratio between the front and rear axle, AccuDrive employs variable four-wheel drive that distributes the torque independently over two transmission outputs on each axle. An intelligently controlled, four-wheel clutch manages the torque, so it can be shifted between the axles according to need.“We call it Challenger Torque Vectoring,” explains Keeney, “and this is how we get the power and traction of an articulated tractor into a fixed-frame platform.”In addition, the tractors were created with a light base weight and convenient ballasting system to make them easy to adapt and ideal for row crop and road work. Maximum road speed of 31 mph is reached at a fuel-saving 1,200 rpm.Flexible, convenient front ballasting system adds to versatility Flexible and convenient front ballasting options ensure the tractors are versatile enough for use from the beginning to the end of each crop year. The simple front ballasting system has five interchangeable weight options ranging from 1,978 lbs. to 7,275 lbs. Easy ballast pickup and self-leveling front axle suspension allow the weights to be changed in minutes.Intuitive tractor management for ease of operation Engineered for productivity, the Tractor Management Center (TMC) of the Challenger 1000 Series puts all tasks and functions within easy reach, reducing time, distraction and fatigue. Access to the Advantage armrest, the 10.4-in. AccuTerminal, Advantage joystick, PTO controls, crossgate (lever optional) and keypad are within easy reach of the operator’s fingertips. The ergonomic design and functionality give the operator complete control and reduces excessive body movements so the operator can focus on implement performance. Each tractor function is color-coordinated with the control that operates it, making operation simple to learn in minutes.Operation of the 10.4-in. touch-screen terminal is intuitive, with a smartphone feel, allowing the operator to manage all tractor settings and adjustments while monitoring and controlling ISOBUS 11783-compatible implements, camera functions, field documentation, variable rate applications, guidance, wireless data transfer, AccuField Command headland management system, automated hitch functions, differential lock and front suspension. Operators also may navigate through the menu and data using the keys and rotary control.Latest guidance innovations available Operators can drive reliably and accurately in the toughest of visual conditions with AGCO’s next generation of Auto-Guide automated steering system. Customers may choose the accuracy level and signal source to meet their specific needs, now choosing from two additional navigation providers: NovAtel and Trimble. A number of correction signals are supported, depending on the receiver, for example, EGNOS/WAAS or also RangePointRTX, CenterPoint RTX, NTRIP. Existing Trimble RTK infrastructures, such as NTRIP can continue to be used. Even without a correction signal, Auto-Guide works reliably for up to 20 minutes with RTK accuracy via Trimble xFill technology. All are enabled by AGCO’s FuseTechnologies.A comfortable step up Owners and operators will appreciate the new fit and finish of the spacious, comfortable cabs on the Challenger 1000 Series tractors. The cabs offer a variety of amenities from air-ride suspension to the dual-motion leather seat.Implement performance on demand  The Challenger 1000 Series tractors’ “do it all” design would not be complete without hydraulic system capabilities to match. With up to six double-acting valves at the rear, the 1000 Series offers 58 gpm and 113.5 gpm hydraulic systems to meet the demands of most any job. The unique 113.5 gpm hydraulic system is a two-pump, load-sensing system that has two independent circuits: one pump delivers 55.5 gal and a second pump 58 gal. Each pump will deliver only the oil that’s needed, without reducing engine speed, to maintain overall productivity and efficiency.“Basically, you can turn into the headland and raise an air seeder without losing pressure to the blower or having to increase engine speed,” Keeney explains.Equipped with the right MICHELIN tires for the job  The Challenger 1000 Series is exclusively equipped with two types of tires from Michelin, both offering excellent traction, pulling power and durability, to support different tractor applications. The MICHELIN® Agribib® 480/95R50 rear duals offer an industry-leading row crop solution, with a diameter of 85.6 inches and rolling circumference of 255.3 inches to transfer maximum power and torque to the ground.For heavy draft work, the MICHELIN Axiobib® 750/75R46 IF (Increased Flexion) rear duals provide a higher power option. This model is the tallest agricultural tire in the world and the first dual RCI 50 tire in North America fitted on a serial production tractor. It features a 90-inch diameter, top speed of 40 mph, load capacity of 18,430 lbs. with lower operating pressure to minimize soil compaction, and unique bead design that avoids slippage on the rim, even in high-torque applications.Optimized uptime with seamless connectivity Fuse Connected Services brings a new level of optimization to professional farming operations through a combination of precision technology products and dealer services including off-season inspections, preventative maintenance, condition monitoring, training and year-round operation support. Enabled by AgCommand®, AGCO’s pioneering telemetry tool with real-time alerts, Fuse Connected Services helps minimize downtime so operations run more efficiently. The Challenger 1000 Series’ AccuTerminal fully integrates with AGCO’s entire suite of Fuse Technologies and Fuse Connected Services.last_img read more

Firefox 3.6 Released

first_imgTags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Mozilla announced today that the final version of Firefox 3.6 is now available for download, and we’re told the new Firefox is 20% faster than the last version with several new features to boot.We’ve taken a look at all of the release candidates and now that the final version is here, we’re hoping it does everything Mozilla says it can.One of the biggest features Mozilla has been talking about, aside from all of the developer stuff we discussed when we looked at Release Candidate 2, is the Personas system. Personas is a theming system made easy as point and click. Personas lets you change the look of your browser from over 35,000 different themes, although we found many of them may be targeted to the teenage girl.While you won’t see an automatic update for version 3.6 for a few weeks, the newest version is available for download.And for the reading impaired, here’s a quick overview of the features from Mozilla:center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Blog Review: Green Building in Denver

first_imgWhy slab foundations are goodThe conventional wisdom in cold climates for basements (since we stopped hand-digging them) has been, “If you need to go down 4′ for a crawl space foundation, why not just dig another 4′ and throw in a basement?” The marginal costs are very low per square foot, definitely less than building the second floor…My cost analyses, however, are showing me that a frost-protected monolithic slab is more cost-effective than a basement as long as the land is cheap. Once the price of land reaches about $20/sq. ft., then a basement may be required by the home-buying market. In other words, the neighborhood is so expensive that the buyers expect the extra square footage of a basement.The tipping point in favor of slab-on-grade over crawl space is that the slab can be the finished floor. Stained concrete is still trendy, bulletproof, and saves at least $3/sq.ft. on your floor system. On radiant-floor heatRadiant floor heat is considered by many to be the most comfortable method of delivering heat. Even zero energy homes need a source of backup heating. Therefore, radiant is often the choice in high end custom homes, when cost is trumped by comfort and “sizzle.”After building and living in a near zero energy home now for three years, we have learned that radiant heat is quite comfortable when it is on. The trouble is, the solar and superinsulation aspects of the house prevent it from coming on very often. In fact, it hasn’t been worth the extra cost of the system (about $10k more than a forced air system), and we wouldn’t do it again.Additional challenges with radiant floor heat:A completely separate ducted system is required for summer air conditioning. A swamp cooler in Denver is by far the best choice (it typically won’t use ductwork).In order to filter, humidify, and ventilate, a separate ducted system must be installed. (Now add $5k to the above $10k).The heating system is at risk of freezing in extreme conditions with a power failure. On a rating system that really worksI’ve finally found my dream house rating system, which is just like an EPA rating label for an appliance or a car.I’ve been saying for years that as consumers get more educated about energy efficiency in homes, the demand for efficient homes will increase, and the selling price of those homes will increase.Well, I’m tired of waiting*, so this rating system gives the consumers what they need to know NOW.NOTE: this is a rating system, and by definition, can only be measured on a house that has been built. This will prevent the most insidious types of greenwashing, like advertising a LEED rating before the home has been built.There isn’t any “embodied energy” rating here, but I think a third scale for that would start making this rating system too confusing. The embodied energy of a low energy new home is small enough to be ignored for now. If and when a carbon tax is implemented, that will be reflected in the selling price of the house.*I realized that until Realtors understand this stuff, most consumers have no hope. I haven’t yet met a Realtor who really understands the difference between a KW and a KWH. On the importance of low-maintenance featuresSustainable Housing can be defined as housing that conserves resources as much as possible.What’s the most important resource to the average person? Their MONEY. Therefore, new green built homes should not only aim for zero energy, but also for zero maintenance. Life’s too short to paint siding.center_img Kevin Dickson was an early convert to solar energy. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the Colorado School of Mines in 1977, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and solar technology from Colorado State University in 1979. In the early 1980s, he was involved in hundreds of solar thermal systems and received several design patents.Thirty years later, Dickson’s focus is on net-zero energy home design, and to that end he writes a blog called Green Building in Denver where he comments on a slew of products and issues involving energy-efficient construction.He makes no bones about the blog’s local bent. He offers, for example, a number of suggestions for energy code improvements for his community and comments regularly on policies of his local electric utility. Given that one aim of sustainable building is to make structures appropriate to their specific locales, making the blog local seems completely appropriate. The site would be a boon for anyone in a similar climate zone, if not right in Denver.You don’t, however, have to be from Denver or Colorado to take something away from Dickson’s blog. His reach is broad enough to welcome in just about anyone with an interest in energy efficient design. If he finds something of interest elsewhere, he’ll report on that, too.Dickson lives in a “near zero energy home” himself, so he can speak from personal experience on the pros and cons of various low-energy strategies (for a detailed look at the house, check the blog entry from Oct. 6, 2008). And to his credit, when something he’s tried doesn’t work he’s happy to say so.And yes, he’s the same Kevin Dickson who’s a frequent contributor to the GBA Q&A forum.Here are some excerpts from the blog: On electric cars (from 2008)OK, you gotta keep your old clunker running 2-3 more years until the GM Volt is released.Current estimates have the Volt going about 40 miles before a little gas engine kicks in to increase range. Five more years of battery development will increase range enough to wean us from gas entirely.As we all have hoped, technology will get us out of this mess, and please note that the free market economy is what encourages innovations. Government incentive programs should be used sparingly. Case in point, the laws that encouraged ethanol production have affected food prices. It’s hard to predict unintended consequences, and the free market is smarter than any of us.last_img read more

Different Clients, Different Strategic Outcomes

first_imgOne client’s perception of what strategic value is may not be another’s.If a company is a startup and growth is their most important strategic outcome over the next 24 months, the ideas that will drive growth are going to be valued more than some other initiative.Another company in the same industry as the startup may instead need to increase their profitability. The solutions that help them improve their profitability are going to be strategic to this company based on their priorities.A third company might be pursing market share and be willing to deal with lower profitability to gain market share. Maybe they have first-mover advantage and time is of the essence.A fourth company might be pursuing acquiring clients at the higher end of the market, where they can create greater value for people who perceive that value and are willing to pay a premium for it.Generally, the more your solution can contribute to your prospective client’s most strategic initiatives, the greater the perception of value. Without doing good discovery work, it can be difficult to attach what you do to what your prospect needs. And worse still, when you believe that every one of your prospects is pursuing the same strategic outcomes, you can be proven wrong. Not everyone is pursuing cost savings, even if their purchasing and supply chain people give you reason to believe that’s true. All prospects are not pursuing speed to market or market share. And many of them would trade one for the other.It’s important to have a theory about what your dream clients want and need. You also need to know enough about the intersection of your business and theirs to know what kind of challenges may compel them to change now or in the future. But if you want your initiative to displace initiatives higher up on their list of priorities, you make that easier when you can tie your solution to what they really want. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more